BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Tuesday 1st January 2019
LAOS - Vientiane / Ban Na Hin
Met at guesthouse in Vientiane at 0530 this morning by Noy from Green Discovery Tours. A minibus and driver were organized to take us to Ban Na Hin and around the birding sites. Although not a birder himself, he had good knowledge of the birding sites, and very good English. We drove about 275km east from Vientiane to Ban Na Hin in Central Laos. This is the area where the endemic (and recently found) Bare-faced Bulbuls are usually seen.

On arrival at lunchtime, it was very windy and quite cool. We stopped at the main viewpoint at K36. This gave a great view over the magnificent limestone crags all over the area. We saw some distant birds on the tops of limestone peaks which we were fairly sure were Bare-faced Bulbuls, but they were too far to be absolutely certain. We decided to try other areas after lunch.

We checked in to the pleasant Sainamhai Resort at Ban Na Hin. After lunch we went to a few areas along the road to see if we could get any better views of the Bulbuls. Birding along the road was not ideal as there was a lot of traffic, including large articulated trucks whizzing by. We never saw any bulbuls, despite looking at some good limestone areas close to the road. We did see a small group of Sooty Babblers skulking in the undergrowth near a dry river bed. This was one of our targets here and restricted to this area of Laos and parts of Vietnam. Other birds seen this afternoon included Green-billed Malkoha, Brown Shrike, Pin-striped Tit-babbler, Crimson Sunbird and Blue-winged Leafbird.
December 17th, 2018.Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm Temples
December 18th, 2018.Tonle Sap Lake
December 19th, 2018.Bengal Florican Grasslands / Tmatboey Forest
December 20th, 2018.Tmatboey Forest
December 21st, 2018.Tmatboey Forest / Boeng Toal Vulture Feeding Station
December 22nd, 2018.Boeng Toal Vulture Feeding Station / Kratie Wetlands
December 23rd, 2018.Kratie Wetlands / Kampi and Mekong River / Mondulkiri and Keo Seima
December 24th, 2018.Dak Dam Forest / Keo Seima Forest
December 25th, 2018.Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Keo Seima / Dak Dam Forest
December 26th, 2018.Drive to Mount Aural via Cambodian Tailorbird site
December 27th, 2018.Ascent of Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountain Range
December 28th, 2018.Mount Aural Forest
December 29th, 2018.Descent of Mount Aural / Drive to Pursat Grasslands
December 30th, 2018.Pursat Grasslands
December 31st, 2018.Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Vientiane, Laos
January 1st, 2019.Vientiane, Laos / Ban Na Hin
January 2nd, 2019.Ban Na Hin, Laos - Km 33 to Km 50
January 3rd, 2019.Ban Na Hin / Dragon Cave / Vietnam-Laos border
January 4th, 2019.Ban Na Hin / Vientiane
January 5th, 2019.Vientiane / Mekong River at Thailand - Laos border
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus), Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos.
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos. January 1st, 2019.
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja), Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos.
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos. January 1st, 2019.
Limestone crags along route 8 , Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Limestone crags along route 8
Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 1st, 2019.
Sainamhai Resort, Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Sainamhai Resort
Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 1st, 2019.
View of river from restaurant at Sainamhai Resort, Ban Na Hin, Laos.
View of river from restaurant at Sainamhai Resort
Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 1st, 2019.
Orange-tailed Awl butterfly, Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Orange-tailed Awl butterfly
Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 1st, 2019.
Great Orange Tip butterfly, Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Great Orange Tip butterfly
Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 1st, 2019.
Lime butterfly, Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Lime butterfly
Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 1st, 2019.